Lupus is a chronic, non-contagious autoimmune disease that can affect any part of the body. Lupus affects people by attacking the immune system which is the body's natural way of protecting us from viruses, bacteria, and germs. Interested in knowing what the symptoms of lupus are? Read more here. Because lupus can affect any part of the human body, the symptoms that can occur are wide-ranging. Here's a list of 13 of the most common lupus symptoms that you should know about. (source: Lupus Foundation of America website): 1. You may feel extreme frequent fatigue. 2. Headaches can also be a sign that something is wrong. 3. Swollen joints become extremely painful. 4. Fever and hot flashes, or flares. 5. Anemia 6. Swelling in the feet, legs, and hands, and also around the eyes. 7. Chest pain while breathing deeply. 8. Butterfly-shaped rash across cheeks and nose. 9. Sensitivity to sunlight (photosensitivity). 10. Hair loss. 11. Abnormal blood clotting. 12. Raynaud's phenomenon - fingers turning white and/or blue when cold. 13. Mouth or nose ulcers. Read more about five lupus treatments you should know about. Lupus News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.